Today’s no-confidence motion debate may be shortest since 1990s
An initial allotment of seven hours has been made for Friday’s no-confidence motion debate.india Updated: Jul 20, 2018 10:19 IST
The debate on the no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government on Friday may go down as the shortest since the 1990s.
According to data available with Hindustan Times, the debate preceding the floor test faced by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in 2003 lasted for 23 hours. Nearly a decade before that, the Congress government led by PV Narasimha Rao survived three no-confidence motions.
The two debates on the no-confidence motions against the Rao regime in 1992 — one in July and another in December — lasted for 14 and 21 hours respectively. The no-trust vote debate against the Rao government in 1993 went on for 19 hours.
An initial allotment of seven hours has been made for Friday’s no-confidence motion debate.
“The initial time almost always gets extended during a debate. But even if this debate is extended by another two-three hours, there is a chance that it may be the shortest one on a no-confidence motion,” said a Lok Sabha official on the condition of anonymity.
The debate on the budget, the motion of thanks to the President’s speech and the discussion on the no-confidence motion generally consume more time than any other business of the house. The Lok Sabha speaker accepted the notice for a no-confidence vote against the council of ministers on Wednesday, and made a slot for discussions from 11am onwards on July 20.
Former prime minister Indira Gandhi faced the no-trust motion 15 times, the most in Parliament history. The first no-confidence motion was moved against the Jawaharlal Nehru government in 1963 by JB Kripalani, popularly known as Acharya Kripalani.
First Published: Jul 20, 2018 06:13 IST